Day 19 – A Crafty Arab Bismillah Round Placemat Tutorial

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A Crafty Arab found these round placemats at her local party store and brought them home to remind her daughter to say Bismillah.  Here is how she made them.
Bismillah is often shortened for the Islamic phrase phrase bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ “In the name of Godthe Most Graciousthe Most Merciful.” When started out with little children, sometimes it helps them to see the letters that spell BISMILLAH so that they can get used to what they look like. Seeing these letters before meals also helps remind children to use this phrase as the opening of each action in order to receive blessing from Allah.
I found these round wicker placemats at our local party store and then found cut out letters a few aisles over, next to the banners. One more stop at our fabric store for adhesive backed felt and we were ready to make our placemats.  We also grabbed scissors and a pen to use.
First we placed the letters, making sure they were backwards, on the back of the felt so we could trace them out.
Next we cut out all the letters.
Using the round edges as a guide, we took off the backing from the felt and placed the letters in the round to spell out BISMILLAH.
Our placemat was done and ready to be used.
Save the backing on the letters, remove them later then try another word, or write BIRTHDAY for a special day or even a name.  Try some extra shapes or your own personal artwork for something totally different.  The sky is the limit!
Make sure to stop by A Crafty Arab’s blog ( to check out their the 9th annual Ramadan 30 day craft challenge.

Author Bio
Kay Tarapolsi is a Libyan American artist who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab culture. In 2008, she started her company A Crafty Arab where she is able to handcraft a vibrant Arab world. When her youngest started school in 2012, she turned toward the business full time and now sells online on Amazon, Etsy, and Zibbet.

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